To say that I don’t know how to stop eating may sound really strange…to anybody that hasn’t experienced before. I can fast. I can restrict my eating to mealtime. But I can’t seem to stop once I’ve started. This is the hallmark of many different “addictive behaviors” which is why abstinence is such a useful strategy. But here’s the rub…you can’t just abstain from eating.
Setup: I don’t seem to know how to stop eating. I can have a healthy plan but once I start eating I usually eat too much. I don’t understand why I can’t just eat a small amount. Leaving food on my plate makes me feel anxious. Leaving food in the saucepan or skillet makes me feel anxious too. I’d like to be able to eat a reasonable portion and then just be done. In spite of all of these frustrations, I choose to love and accept myself anyway.
Eyebrow…I can’t stop eating once I start
Side of Eye…I tend to overeat at every meal
Under the Eye…I just can’t seem to get enough
Under the Nose…Enough what? I don’t know
Chin…I would be lying if I said I was hungry
Collarbone…I rarely eat to stop hunger
Under the Arm…I don’t usually get hungry
Top of Head…I eat too much food to really feel hungry
Eyebrow…So why can’t I stop eating?
Side of Eye…I plan my meals
Under the Eye…I plan nutritious food
Under the Nose…And then once I start eating I can’t seem to stop
Chin…Even though I can’t seem to stop eating once I start
Collarbone…I choose to eat according to my plan anyway
Under the Arm…Even though leaving food on my plate makes me feel anxious
Top of Head…I choose to leave food on my plate anyway
Eyebrow…Even though leaving food in the kitchen makes me feel anxious
Side of Eye…I choose to leave food in the kitchen anyway
Under the Eye…Even though I feel anxious when I don’t finish all of the food
Under the Nose…I choose to eat in a healthy way
Chin…All of this food anxiety
Collarbone…I am open to clarity about these confusing feelings
Under the Arm…Food anxiety
Top of Head…I am open to loving myself in spite of all of this confusion
This is a great tapping to do BEFORE you begin eating. It will help to take the edge off of the compulsion to overeat. There are obviously other strategies that can help as well such as having limited food available, putting away the anticipated leftovers before beginning the meal, etc. but if you don’t deal with the underlying problem, most people will just find another way to self-sabotage. Going through the tapping helps to rearrange the energy of your body and can help you get to the bottom of the issue.
This tapping, and more like it can be found in Don’t Diet: Reprogram Your Weight With Meridian Tapping.